Debate Deadline Looms for Several Democrats: Campaign Update

Misyrlena Egkolfopoulou
Debate Deadline Looms for Several Democrats: Campaign Update

(Bloomberg) -- It may be now or never for Democratic candidates who so far haven’t caught on with primary voters and pollsters: They’ve got just one week left to make the cut for the third debate.

Of the more than 20 candidates in the battle for the nomination, 10 have qualified to participate in the forum, scheduled to take place Sept. 12 and 13. But if no others meet the requirements by Aug. 28, the event in Houston will be compressed to one night, according to ABC News, the host.

If more than 10 candidates end up qualifying, the network will randomly assign the participants to one of the two nights. They will have one minute and 15 seconds to answer questions, and 45 seconds for rebuttals.

To qualify, candidates must have received donations from at least 130,000 unique donors and poll above 2% in at least four national polls. Pending verification by the Democratic National Committee, these contenders have qualified so far: Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Julian Castro, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Andrew Yang.

The debate will be held at Texas Southern University and moderated by ABC anchors George Stephanopoulos and David Muir, ABC News correspondent Linsey Davis and Univision anchor Jorge Ramos.

A contender who had not met the polling threshold, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, announced on Wednesday night that he was dropping out of the race. Inslee became the third Democratic presidential candidate to withdraw from the contest for the 2020 nomination, following former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and Representative Eric Swalwell of California.

Coming Up:

The Democratic National Committee meets until Saturday in San Francisco. Most of the top presidential candidates -- except Biden and Buttigieg -- will speak to members on Friday.

--With assistance from Emma Kinery.

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